A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.”
Director: Robert Zemeckis.
Writer: Diane Thomas.
Cast: Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Archaeology professor Indiana Jones ventures to seize a biblical artefact known as the Ark of the Covenant. While doing so, he puts up a fight against Renee and a troop of Nazis.”
Director: Steven Spielberg.
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by), George Lucas (story by), Philip Kaufman (story by).
Cast: Harrison Ford.
A rescue party sets out to find an explorer who has disappeared on an African treasure hunt.”
Directors: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton.
Cinematographer: Robert Surtees.
Writers: Helen Deutsch (screenplay), H. Rider Haggard (novel).
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger.
Adventurer Rick O’Connell and Egyptologist Evelyn, along with a bunch of archaeologists, inadvertently wake up an evil mummy during an archaeological excavation at the ancient city of Hamunaptra.”
Director: Stephen Sommers.
Writers: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin Jarre.
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz.
Dr Lily Houghton, a researcher, and her brother team up with Frank, a skipper, to locate a mystical tree in the Amazon. However, they are pursued by evil entities lusting after immortality.”
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra.
Writers: Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.
Cast: Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson.
A restless teen journeys across the universe as a cabin boy aboard a spaceship.”
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker.
Writers: Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novel “Treasure Island” by), Ron Clements (screenplay by), John Musker (screenplay by).
Elizabeth Peters, Summer of the Dragon (1979)
A good salary and an all-expenses-paid summer spent a sprawling Arizona ranch is too good a deal for fledgling anthropologist D.J. Abbott to turn down. What does it matter that her rich new employer/benefactor, Hank Hunnicutt, is a certified oddball who is presently funding all manner of off-beat projects, from alien conspiracy studies to a hunt for dragon bones? There’s even talk of treasure buried in the nearby mountains, but D.J. isn’t going to allow loose speculation — or the considerable charms of handsome professional treasure hunter Jesse Franklin — to sidetrack her.
Until Hunnicutt suffers a mysterious accident and then vanishes, leaving the weirdos gathered at his spread to eye each other with frightened suspicion. But on a high desert search for the missing millionaire, D.J. is learning things that may not be healthy for her to know. For the game someone is playing here goes far beyond the rational universe — and it could leave D.J. legitimately dead.”
Middle-Grade Graphic Novels:
Rick Riordan and Ethan Young, The Maze of Bones (2023)
The 39 Clues #1
The graphic novel adaptation of the mega-bestseller that launched a global phenomenon! Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible “You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue.” Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world’s most powerful family. Everyone from Marie Curie to Harry Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family’s secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what’s hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.